The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Review

Specifically, this is The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning SoIution review and how it worked on my acne active and scarred skin. Two years ago, I put got a copper intrauterine device (IUD) put in and almost immediately, my skin went on a rampage. Acne-like I had never experienced before (That story is here). When I finally got the breakouts and waves of inflammation under control, my skin was left uneven, blotchy, dry and generally just looking awful and rough. A friend of mine who swore by The Ordinary line suggested I try it and I did.

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I started using this toner in one full year in the daytime (I use Ole Hendrikson Glow OH Dark Spot Toner at nights) and I feel equipped to review the timer in full.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Review

Firstly, it’s an acid toner and its recommended that you avoid direct exposure to sunlight while wearing it, ergo PM use. Since I work from home, I have no issues using it in the mornings. It’s recommended for use once per day. I find that when I use it more than once, my skin feels a little itchy. You also want to give around your eyes a wide enough girth when applying this toner. I find it may burn and can irritate the area if it is applied too closely to the eyes.

sacred acne skin
After using The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% toning solution

As far as moisture goes, this is one of the best toners I’ve ever used. It does leave a residue, but it’s not messy or uncomfortable, and I rarely feel the need to add any other products when I use it (although I use sunflower oil as a moisturiser).

This toner has helped considerably with the appearance of my skin tone and even the appearance of my pores, which had gotten considerable large over the course of my ordeal. While my pores in some areas like my nose and T-Zone are remain visible large, the ha been significant improvement. I have also been using one of the chemical peels from the same brand, but that’s another review for another day. If you are on the market for a good toner that is very nicely priced, this one is it.

Tip: The toner is considerably better priced on the Sephora website, than say Amazon.

Have you tried this toner? What are your thoughts?

Xo, Shan

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Shandean Reid

I’m Shan! Creator of this space and heavily caffeinated millennial SAHM navigating life as a physician’s wife, author, multidisciplinary writer, content creator and overall boss babe.




  • Candi

    Before I started acne medication this toner helped me get quite a bit of the texture I had on my face under control. I’ve paused my use for now because of the prescribed medication but I’ll be back to using after this bout of therapy. I too would recommend this toner

    • Shandean

      Yes, it was definitely a lifesaver post acne meds! Thanks for reading.

  • Sue-Ann

    Nice 👏🏽

  • Eva

    Amazing article! I absolutely love glycolic acid 🙂

  • Chelsi

    This is great info. I just recently was recommended glycolic acid face wash and toner by my derm for my adult acne and rosacea. It has been a good change so far and I’m excited to see where this goes.

    • Thanks for reading, Chelsi. Glad to hear it. I hope you come back to share your thoughts in a few weeks!

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